Last fall, while working crush off campus, I had the good fortune to meet one half of the wine making team of J&J Vintners, Jeremy Petty when he came out to do punch downs and check on the progress of his fermentations. He and his partner, Jody Middleton, use the Locati wine making facilities to make their wines. As local boys they have watched the transformation of the sleepy town they grew up in become a charming, top rated wine-tourism destination. They are alums of WWCC’s Enology & Viticulture program, the one I am in now.
In honor of Washington Wine Month I decided to begin the month with a Bordeaux red blend called 4 Boys Red Blend; their first release of this wine. Made of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 17% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Franc from the Yakima Valley. A jammy nose gives way to a bright, well-balanced palate of raspberry, pomegranate and hints of plum. This deeply colored, light bodied wine paired very nicely with the wild Alaska salmon we had for dinner. I probably ate more dinner than I needed as the pairing was so delicious. Finished my glass as I sat down to write and it was great on its own as well.
If you go to the 4 Boys page you can see the four young men this wine is named after. Part of the proceeds from the wine go directly into an account for these cuties. There are hopes that the boys might develop an interest in the wine industry and continue the legacy that is going to help them as they make their way through secondary education choices that will be here much sooner than anyone wants to admit today. I am happy to contribute to their education, whatever they choose.
With Jeremy that October day was his rottweiler; I took advantage of a bit of puppy love since we don’t have a dog at home with our craze schedules. I think his name is Lincoln, can’t remember for sure… will have to ask again.